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Meeting kinnow export target

28 December, 2012

LAHORE: The Ministry of Commerce should give subsidy to exporters on reefer containers shipments to meet kinnow export target, as General Rate Increase (GRI) of $1,500 per 40 feet reefer containers will be added on the current tariff effective from January 1, 2013, said Harvest Tradings CEO Ahmad Jawad while talking to Our Sources on Thursday.

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LAHORE: The Ministry of Commerce should give subsidy to exporters on reefer containers shipments to meet kinnow export target, as General Rate Increase (GRI) of $1,500 per 40 feet reefer containers will be added on the current tariff effective from January 1, 2013, said Harvest Tradings CEO Ahmad Jawad while talking to Our Sources on Thursday.

He said kinnow export already faced many issues from the start of season and with the addition of GRI from the shipping lines, it could affect a negative impact on the cost. Till date only private sector is on their own expense trying to improve the export every year of this potent source.

Jawad said current year's production is 10 percent less at 1.8 million tonnes as compared to previous year's yield of 2 million tones.

However, unexpected strike by the goods transport carriers across the country a few days back badly disturbed all plans and export process; in result the export target for the citrus fruit fell by 10 percent to 175,000 tonnes or 180,000 tonnes from the set target of 200,000 tonnes, which may spell bad fortune for all stakeholders involved in this trade.

Despite restoration of normal transportation by goods carriers, it would take around 10 days to normalise the process. Already kinnow processing factories and orchards in Sargodha are overfilled with citrus fruit and they have become a major headache for their owners to preserve them.

On the other hand issue regarding Russia, there are still serious objections over selection of private laboratory by the Russian delegation which may add extra cost of $500 on each shipment in the shape of health certificate, as Pakistan's total kinnow export to Russia stands in the range of $40 million to $50 million annually.

Harvest Tradings CEO requested the government to look into these matters seriously in a supportive way. “We should avoid decisions in haste which could affect our country export; as our kinnow is the only product in Pakistani fruits that currently earns between $90 to 100 million per year giving a competitive contribution to our national kitty.”

It may be recalled here that previous year's citrus fruits' export goal remained unfulfilled at 225,000 tonnes as against the target of 300,000 tonnes.

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